April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and CASA programs across Louisiana are raising awareness about child abuse and neglect and the need for more citizens within our community to step forward and help make a difference. CASA programs have been planting pinwheel gardens in their communities to spread awareness.
In 2008, Prevent Child Abuse America introduced the pinwheel as the new national symbol for child abuse prevention. Why? Because by its very nature, the pinwheel connotes playfulness, joy, and childhood. It has come to serve as a physical reminder of the great childhoods we want for all children. And as a symbol, the cyclical nature of the pinwheel calls to mind the positive cycles of love and support we want to help families create.
It also represents Prevent Child Abuse America’s efforts to change the way our nation thinks about prevention by focusing on community activities and public policies that prioritize prevention to make sure child abuse and neglect never occur. Over a million pinwheels have been displayed since April 2008, and we hope you’ll join us by bringing Pinwheels for Prevention to your community, too. Want to get involved? Find a CASA program near you.